"I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate the ACP program and the exceptional support I am receiving from my mentor, Casey. Casey has gone way out of his way to provide excellent feedback, advice and networking assistance. I truly am in his debt. As I hope to be entering the final chapter of my transition, the ACP program and Casey have provided invaluable support and assistance, at a time when I really needed it. Thank you very much."
- Jeffrey H., US Army, Arlington, VA, Paired with Johnson & Johnson Mentor
"Suz is great. She is very smart, articulate and helpful. You couldn't have matched me up with a better person! We talk every 2 to 3 weeks on the phone for about 30-45 minutes. She asks me a lot of questions that get me thinking about what I am doing and where I want to go. I am in law school right now and Suz graduated law school not too long ago. She provides insight into school, exams and the recruiting process afterwards. I really enjoy talking to her. Our next talk is in two weeks. I really appreciate the program and I am getting a lot out of it."
- John A., US Marine Corps, Chicago, IL, Paired with Best Buy Mentor
"We've met twice in the last month and each meeting continues to get better. Because of our travel schedules, we have agreed to also schedule calls on the phone and use Skype in between our monthly in-person meetings. I was selected recently at my company to do a 360 feedback, which is a good thing. At the same time, Dave has me doing the StrengthFinder analysis. We're going to sit down together to go through the results and chart out an improvement plan. This program has really had a huge impact on my career and life. Thanks!
- Jack S., US Army Reserve, Minneapolis, MN, Paired with General Mills Mentor
"The mentorship is going very well. I actually had my second meeting with Katherine yesterday. Yesterday she set up meetings for me to speak with two accountants in different industries (Ag and Oil) so I could learn about their experiences as accountants and learn about the sort of things they do on a day-to-day basis. For our next meeting we will be discussing my goals, plans to achieve those goals, problems and challenges that may arise, alternative plans in case my initial plan does not work, etc. I think that her input has been very valuable and she has been extremely helpful."
- Aiko S., US Marine Corps, Bakersfield, CA, Paired with Occidental Petroleum Mentor
As of December 1, 2013 3,099 veterans are ACP Alumni.
What is an ACP Alumnus? An ACP Alumnus is a veteran Protégé who participated in an ACP mentorship for at least 6 months and expressed that his or her mentorship has proven valuable in a variety of professional-development areas.
To recognize the successes of ACP’s Protégés, ACP periodically spotlights Protégés who have gone above and the beyond the requirements of the Mentoring Program to make the most of their mentorships. Mentors nominate their Protégés for this recognition by submitting a brief description detailing what their Protégé has done to help ensure their mentorship has been beneficial. ACP then reviews the nominations in order to select which Protégés to spotlight. Protégés are spotlighted on the website and through ACP’s social media.
If you believe that your Protégé deserves to be spotlighted, please email a brief synopsis explaining their dedication to the mentorship to email@example.com. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on our website and social media.
Mentors are encouraged to submit nominations as they wish.
Spotlight: Patrick Petersen-Kelley, New York, NY, US Marine Corps
I am ACP mentor to Patrick, who recently left active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and presently is in the second semester of his freshman year at Columbia University (NY, NY). Forgive my brevity, but I wish to recognize Patrick for his diligence and sincerity in following up on his commitment to the ACP Mentorship program. He does his homework (e.g., listens carefully, follows up where necessary, provides an independent and rational perspective), and his temperament suggests that he may be an asset wherever he goes. Presently, he hopes to continue in public service after graduating Columbia and his near term plan is to obtain an internship (e.g., with the F.B.I.) to provide meaningful context to his academic pursuits (biz., economics, politics, and international relations). I probably learn more from him than he does from me.
-Mentor David Shapiro, New York, NY, Aon
Spotlight: Vu Nguyen, Washington, D.C., US Navy
Since starting our Mentor/Protégé relationship in September 2012, Vu has exhibited an abundant thirst for knowledge in his efforts to become a "Job Creator" within the American Dream. We meet once a month for lunch to assess his progress in achieving his goal of becoming an entrepreneur. At our first meeting, his goals were to graduate from college and start a business. In December, Vu graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Economics. Subsequently, he has established two start businesses- BlueSky Management and LIXIS Technology. Prior to establishing his businesses, Vu researched several business success books recommended during our discussions and applied the principles in these books to develop his business plans and network for new business.
In addition to developing his business acumen, Vu gives back to the people who have helped him thus far by volunteering in his community, serving veterans as the Assistant Program Manager for the National Veteran's Center in Washington, DC and assisting with projects to beautify school facilities. Vu was recently featured in a segment on our local ABC News channel called "Heroes Work Here".
Vu is very enthusiastic about the Mentor/Protégé relationship and this makes me look forward to meeting together each month.
I foresee a bright future for this up-and-coming entrepreneur who will someday be a Mentor to returning veterans as well.
Vu Nguyen is my nominee for Protégé of the Month!
- Mentor Arthur Glover, Washington, D.C., URS
To recognize the outstanding work of participating Mentors, ACP has created the Mentor of the Month contest. Each month, ACP staff reviews nominations and selects 1–3 Mentors who have had the greatest impact on their Protégés. To commemorate the winners, each selected Mentor is featured on the ACP website and both Mentor and Protégé receive an ACP memento.
If you are a Protégé and would like to recognize the outstanding work of your Mentor, please send up to one paragraph explaining how your Mentor has had a positive impact on you. Please email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.
Veteran Protégés are encouraged to submit nominations as many times as they wish.